Montgomery Township School District

mtsd Instructional Technology
MHS - BYOD FAQs
 
1. Do I have to send a device to school?
 
         No. The district will continue to maintain departmental devices, including tablets, chromebooks, and laptops. Teachers will be able to supplement their classes with these devices, allowing all students to have access when necessary.
 
2. What type of device does the school recommend?
 
         Because the school will be utilizing web-based environments, a wide variety of operating systems will be acceptable. Devices will need to meet the minimum technical specifications, allowing them to install or access the Suite of Google tools provided to us through the Google Apps for Education program.
         However, teachers who piloted the BYOD during the 2015-16 academic year suggested that a keyboard was helpful for longer writing assignments. (see device specifications)
 
3. How will a teacher be able to plan when students will have many different types of devices?
 
         Google has developed a Student Learning System called Google Classroom. Utilizing Google classroom, teachers will be able to make a wide variety or resources easily accessible on different devices. Additionally, the district continues to invest in web-based resources, teaching tools, and other web-based productivity tools in order to make access simple for all of our users.
 
4. Will my students device be utilized in every classroom?
 
         The amount of usage of your child’s device will be determined by the individual teacher based on the curricular demands of each content area. Technology integration may lend itself better to different courses, lessons, and activities.
 
5. How will the students access the Internet while in school?
 
         Students will not be allowed to use personal data plans while in school. Any device which accesses the internet will be required to be on a newly developed BYOD network. This network will continue to be filtered by the district web filter, but is robust enough to handle productive internet connectivity as well as streaming media.
 
6. Is the content on my students device private?
 
         Student devices will not be handled by school faculty or technicians. When signed into both their district Google account and network, internet browsing history can be collected. However, the district does not have access to personal files on an individual machine. At the same time, students must still operate within the acceptable use policies of the district. Accessing illegal or inappropriate material while in school will result in identified disciplinary actions.
 
7. Will there be any technical support for my student while they are at school?
 
          One of the underlying concepts of a BYOD program is that students are most comfortable utilizing a device that they choose. Neither the district IT staff or other students will physically assist with a student's personal device. However, a student technology help team will be established. These students will be able to provide guidance to students in regards to technical and functional challenges.
         The Director of Instructional Technology also maintains a help page with links and videos for common online tools.
 
8. What happens if my students device breaks at school?
 
         Student devices are not the responsibility of the district. We recommend that students utilize a case for any devices which will be carried back and forth to school.
         Many homeowners or renters insurance cover accidental damage. Additionally, independent groups such as the Worth Ave Group or GoCare provide independent device coverage at a very affordable rate.
 
9. What type of learning experiences should I expect my student to experience?
    • An increase in access to digital resources
    • Increase in the utilization of instructional media
    • Increased digital collaboration between classmates
    • Interactive teacher lessons
    • Increased use of real-time formative assessment
 
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